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what "her first time out in the big california surf" looks like

We went to Southern California last week for fall break. Needless to say, it didn't feel much like fall there.  We go to the beach often considering how far it from us. I love the ocean so much. I lived right here for the first 5 years or so of my life. The beach was literally my front yard. I spent a lot of time in the ocean every summer of my life as a kid. Even after we moved away, my mom made sure we spent some time there every summer. I would spend hours just bobbing in the waves and diving under them. This past trip was a big one for my oldest girl. She got the courage to go out in the big waves past her knees. She got to experience that freeing yet humbling feeling that comes from being out in the huge and vast ocean. She was giddy and kept telling me how fun it was and wondered why she had been so scared before. It was a full circle moment for me to be able to be out there and experience this with her...and I love that I was able to have my camera with me. This month I give you "what her first time out in the big California surf looks like".

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Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Family Photographer Underwater Photography
Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Family Photographer Underwater Photography
ummer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Family Photographer Underwater Photography

And true to form, the powerful ocean flexed it's muscles for her. A big wave tumbled her to the bottom and she got a battle scar on her cheek to prove it. She was a bit self conscious of it but I kept telling her how cool it was to have proof she did something brave (and that it would go away).

Now head on over to see what El Hogan's adventurous world looks like this month....

"what a road trip to socal looks like"

So last month, I threw my four kids in the car and drove 10 hours to southern California to go visit one of my dearest friends from college. She's living in an amazing  house on Santa Monica Beach. We've been friends with this girl for almost 20 years (yikes I'm old) We have been on countless adventures together. Back in the day, she was my friend who would hop in the car and go anywhere on a moments notice. We have slept in countless parking lots, flown to NYC with people we hardly knew at the time. We have hiked the subway in Zions with no ropes, map or permits (stupid), kayaked the entire 17 mile napali coast. We jumped in the car and drove 400 miles to see L L Cool J just because we thought it would be funny, drove around Colorado City, windows down, rap music blaring (if you don't know what Colorado City is google it and you will get the humor in that experience). We have hiked countless miles together and belly laughed together regularly. Every time we get together it's like we we never apart. This trip was no exception.  This was the longest road trip I have gone on with just me and my four kids. I was pretty nervous about driving this far with my four kids and no other adults but it was actually no big deal. It felt good to step outside my comfort zone and do it despite my apprehension. I'm a big believer in pushing past fears and doing it anyways...and every time I do that, the payoff is huge. This trip was no exception. We were sad to leave the husband behind but he was too busy at work There's always next time right? The perks of not having your husband go along is that you can do whatever you feel like without worrying about torturing him with too much photography talk. So on this trip I got to hang out with Ashley Jennett of  The Stork and the Beanstalk (who is joining our group this month) and Leah Zawadzki. It's always awesome when you meet friends you have made online and they are every bit as cool (even cooler) than you'd imagined. Here are some scattered bits and pieces from my trip. I do have to say that sometimes I go on trips and feel very inspired to take all kinds of pictures and sometimes I don't. This trip fell more into the "not feeling it category" so the images are a bit all over the place, but I give you my scattered "what social looks like"....

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Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Photographer Underwater Photography
Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Photographer Underwater Photography
   and the one image I took when I was with  Ashley ...

 

and the one image I took when I was with Ashley...

and my evening with Leah...

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Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Photographer
Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Photographer

Then we decided to stay one more night and we went to Leah's amazing house and hung at her pool.

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Now go see what Stephanie Moore is up  to this month....and then be sure to follow through the circle...

5 minutes at the pool…

I'm excited to join a group of photographers that I admire in something called "the 5 minute project" that was started by Dana Pugh. "The spirit of this project is keep it unplanned, unstaged, just 5 ordinary minutes. Of course, 5 minutes can be extraordinary." It's brilliant. I have contributed once before to this project a while back but now I will be a regular contributor and I'm very excited. I tend to shoot my own kids in increments of five minutes anyways. You have to keep it short and sweet or they get sick of you real fast. :)

Today I give you what five minutes at the pool looked like at our most recent family vacation.

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Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Photographer Underwater Photography

I probably won't always share my "5 minutes" here on my own blog so be sure and go follow this project here on Facebook and on the 5 Minute Project blog to follow along!

All images shot with my Mark III and SPL underwater housing.

my boy and the sea…

A couple weeks ago we spent a few days at the beach in southern California. This beach was literally my front yard for several years of my life as a kid. I think when you spend so much time there as a child, it becomes part of you in a different way than just vacationing there. I love the ocean. When I was younger, I could spend hours out there in this cold ocean and it never seemed to bother me. Maybe I'm just forgetting. Maybe I'm getting old, but man this water is COLD! The waves are pretty big here for my younger kids to venture out very far but my oldest, me,  and my camera spent some time out there together. It was exhilarating for me…FREEZING but amazing. This was the first time my camera has come with me in rougher surf (and by California standards these waves were small). I wish I lived by the ocean as I could get used to being out there with my camera (as long as I had a wetsuit). I give you "what my boy in the sea looks like"..

Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Photographer
Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Photographer
Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Photographer
Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Photographer
Summer Murdock Photography Salt Lake City Photographer

 Now go see what beauty Amy Grace of A Beautiful Life Photo'smonth brings…her post's always make me stop, breathe a bit deeper, and look a bit longer….

"what _____ looks like" hawaiian edition

I was recently lucky enough to get to go to Maui, Hawaii with just my husband. Kid free time proved to be good for my soul as I knew it would be. I am an explorer and adventurer at heart. I love to roam, explore and try new things. I felt like my old self (young and kid free)…getting to do all the things I love without a care in the world. Sigh… I had a few photo mishaps on this trip….first my camera plus app with the first half of my trips iPhone pictures got deleted by my leg in a bumpy jeep ride on the road to Hana…(tear). Then on our boat trip to Molokini my underwater housing for my "real" camera failed out in the ocean while we were snorkeling (multiple tears) leaving me camera less for the second half of my trip. Thank goodness for my iPhone. I give you what exploring Maui looks like….

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Summer Murdock Photography
Summer Murdock Photography
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 And now for the iPhone version of the trip…

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Now be sure to go see what Kelsey Gerhard's (who is beyond talented) month looks like…